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Wendy Ward Hoffer

Assessment: Rubrics and Trackers

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / July 25, 2022

Written trackers can be useful in communicating success criteria to students as well as to invite learners to be agents in their own progress monitoring; they might be used for specific tasks or for unit- or yearlong targets. The table below is an example of a self-assessment, self-report tool. Elementary […]

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Assessment: Additive Rubrics

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / July 19, 2022

An additive rubric is a tool for task design that scaffolds students’ success. Beginning in the first column, we can describe what we expect all students to do to get started, then build with more detail, rigor and complexity towards the right hand side of the page. In this way, […]

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Learning through Discourse

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / July 19, 2022

I met a special education teacher who shared a story about a boy with autism who had not spoken a word all year. Then one day she gave the group a uniquely challenging math problem. This boy figured it out before all his peers; everyone saw his solution and believed […]

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Thinking Strategies: Readers’ Workshop

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / July 19, 2022

Into the Classroom: Mrs. Blake’s Fifth Grade Readers’ Workshop Mrs. Blake’s students have been fifth graders for seven days. This time of year is all about growing independence and learning the rituals and routines of readers’ workshop. But Mrs. Blake’s fifth graders are also knee-deep into an inquiry of how […]

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Math Workshop

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / July 19, 2022

“When I switched to workshop model instruction, my students’ math achievement leapt up by 50 percent in a matter of months. I am not kidding. The principal was in my room asking, ‘What is it you are doing in here?’ And I told her, ‘I read this book, and now […]

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Community in the Classroom

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / July 19, 2022

Trust, shared purpose, interdependence, mutual support, and safety in taking risks are some of the features of an effective community. Your own community might be your neighborhood, your faith group, your colleagues, or your extended family. For students, their learning community, the space in which and the people with whom […]

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What: Plan for Agency and Understanding 

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / July 19, 2022

Believe in the children, fight foolishness, and learn who our children are and the legacies they bring, education expert Lisa Delpit (2013) implores us in “Multiplication Is for White People.” The foolishness she is referring to is wasting teachers’ time keeping track of non-instructional tasks in regimented, teacher-proof curricula. As […]

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PEBC Teaching Framework

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / July 18, 2022

PEBC’s Teaching Framework represents over three decades of research and practice in classrooms across the country in pursuit of teaching each and every student for agency and understanding. Reflective, humble, and striving teachers have led the way in pioneering the instructional approaches described here. It’s not magic, and it’s not […]

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An Overview of Phenomenal Teaching 

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / June 10, 2022

What does it look like to build students’ agency and understanding amidst shifting standards, changing assessments, waves of mandated curricula, and evolving educational policies? If, against that backdrop, we believe in fostering the unique promise inherent in each child, how might our classrooms look and sound? If we are devoted […]

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Introduction to Phenomenal Teaching

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / April 19, 2022

This blog post is part of a series excerpted from the 2020 PEBC publication Phenomenal Teaching. The book is available through the publisher, Heinemann, as well as on Amazon. “If we create a culture where every teacher believes they need to improve not because they aren’t good enough but because […]

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The Importance of ‘Understanding’ in Mathematics

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / February 7, 2022

Learn More at an Upcoming PEBC Math Institute Advance your math instruction by attending a PEBC institute where you can build on your knowledge and learn new strategies to impact student learning. Find upcoming institutes here »    Wendy Ward Hoffer Every now and then, I think back to my […]

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Five Ways to Get Students to Turn on their Video During Classes

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / September 3, 2020

There they are – the boxes on the video-conference screen, empty but names or images uploaded. We are hearing from many teachers of learners’ reluctance to turn on their screens during online classes. Disheartening and exhausting to face those void boxes and teach your heart out every day, we know. […]

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Community in the Physical and Virtual Classroom

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / August 10, 2020

Trust, shared purpose, interdependence, mutual support, and safety in taking risks are some of the features of an effective community. Your own community might be your neighborhood, your faith group, your colleagues, your extended family. For students, their learning community, the online or brick-and-mortar space in which and the people […]

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Effective Remote Teaching

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / May 27, 2020

What a spring! We have worked alongside so many teachers responding and adjusting and revising our remote teaching in an effort to meet learners’ needs this spring. The first thing I want to say is, “Wow! You are amazing!” In these past few months, you showed the world that you […]

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What Does Mathematical Discourse Sound Like?

By Wendy Ward Hoffer / January 9, 2020

Almost like a great song, top-notch mathematical discourse is something you know when you hear. Yet, to cultivate quality, you and your students need a vision—or an “ausion” (a word I just made up to describe an ideal auditory vision)— of what you’re going after. As described by Jeremy Kilpatrick […]

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